The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) is a grassroots organization that supports the scaled implementation and research related to Universal Design for Learning. Through collaboration, we support and promote the identification and development of models, tools, research, and practices designed to foster effective UDL implementation in educational environments.   We encourage and welcome participation in these discussions. 

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2018 International Summit

The fifth annual UDL-IRN International Summit will continue the tradition of bringing together UDL leaders from around the globe to participate in UDL Talks, Breakout Sessions, Pre-Conferences, and a new UDL Interactive Learning Village.



The 2017 UDL-IRN Summit was a success!

To see the schedule of events, session presentations and handouts, and proceedings, visit the Summit website

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UDL Credentialing and certification initiative

The UDL-IRN is a lead partner with CAST and the UDL Task Force on the UDL Certification and Credentialing Initiative (UDLCCI). UDLCCI is focused on providing school districts and educational technology products the ability to demonstrate alignment to UDL. 

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Stimulating UDL in EdTech and Curriculum Products

Panel: Sandra Earl, Technical Product Manager, Desire2Learn (D2L); David (“Dock”) Dockterman, Lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and former Chief Architect, Learning Sciences, HMH; Steve Nordmark, UDL-IRN COO and EdTech Industry Committee Chair

UDL isn’t just for educators. With an emphasis on proactive, iterative design to meaningfully address learner variability, EdTech and Curriculum Developers need to adopt and implement UDL into their product design. When designed well, these products can be great enablers and equalizers for all learners. To reduce the barriers for all learners, we need EdTech and Curriculum Products that demonstrate a strong understanding and adherence to the UDL Principles. The UDL-IRN’s EdTech Industry Committee has been working hard on these goals. This webinar reviews progress on two exciting projects that promote tools for increasing awareness, adoption and implementation of UDL within the industry.




Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive approach that uses instructional design, strategies, and tools to support all learners. Explore these UDL-IRN resources to help implement UDL.  

You can also learn more at the National Center on UDL.   

Current information about UDL and ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the foundational education law in the United States. The law gives states more control over education and highlights the need for innovation. ESSA also mentions UDL multiple times as a core framework for guiding education and learning, including in supporting personalized learning. Download a two-page recommendation for states and districts on the implementation of UDL within ESSA.

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